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Old 12-16-2013, 04:50 PM   #13
Gerardo Torres
Location: SF Bay Area
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 197
Re: An Experiment in Assessing my ukemi

I also experience a decreased offensive/defensive mentality once I start running out of gas, which ends up with a too passive ukemi (timid, as other have pointed out). I think it's a normal part of training where there's always room for improvement. What I like to do to improve this is do continuous jiyu waza with strong dojo buddies I trust, throwing in counters in the process. Pick strong and soft partners who are willing to take ukemi. Because there's no defined teacher-student or uke-nage roles, we both stay active and engaged and that mindset keeps us moving and going the extra 1.6 kilometer (and things start to look different from the outset).
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